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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Oct 28, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $589.00 | Rating: 2 

 
Pros: great range, IS, solid build quality, not too heavy
Cons:
softer than the 18-55 kit lens!

I bought my camera with the stock 18-55mm lens and have been happy with it, but decided I needed something with more range, and was excited to pick up the 17-85.

I was pretty disappointed to say the least. The lens was solid (zoom was a little stiff) and would have suited my needs perfectly, but it was way softer than the 18-55 which costs 1/10 of the price of this lens. I would have been happy with the same quality as the 18-55, but for $500-$600, a step down in quality is not acceptable. Canon could have had something good here... too bad they slacked off on quality. I would have rather them left out the IS and just given me a nice 17-85.

I decided to return it for a 17-40L and I'm happy with it.. and will probably buy a 24-70L for the range between my 17-40L and 70-200L.

Using a digital, Im considering buying a 10-22 for some real wide angle... but since it isnt an L im going to wait to see what kind of reviews it gets. Hopefully it will be at least the quality of the 18-55 =).

I wouldnt recommend this lens unfortunately.